Thursday, April 06, 2006

Other events on Darfur in April

While Get on the Bus will draw attention to the situation in Darfur and try to hold the Sudanese government accountable for its actions, Amnesty International is not the only organization working on this issue. There are many other events being planned during the month of April. Here is a summary of some recent initiatives and upcoming events on Sudan around the country.

Sudan Freedom Walk
Simon Deng, a former slave from Sudan, just finished his walk from New York City to Washington, D.C. to draw attention to modern slavery and the atrocities facing the people of Sudan.

In New York City, every Tuesday in April from noon to 2p.m. a vigil is being held at the United States Mission to the United Nations to put pressure on the US government to act on Darfur.

Throughout April, Columbia University's Amnesty International Group is sponsoring a series of events on Sudan. On April 12, The Rutgers University group will be hosting a day of banner-making and a photo exhibit. New York University's Amnesty chapter will be hosting "One Week for Darfur" from April 13-20.

Students Taking Action Now Darfur (STAND) is calling for a National Week of Action on Darfur, starting on April 6, the 12th anniversary of the start of the Rwandan genocide.

Film Aid International is putting up Camp Darfur from April 7-11 near Los Angeles.

Samputu: Concert for Darfur

Sunday, April 16, 2006 -- 7-9pm
Zero Arrow Street Theater
2 Arrow Street
Cambridge, MA

Support International Intervention Now in Darfur is sponsoring this concert. Come hear world-renowned Rwandan musician Samputu, while adding your voice to the growing campaign to end the violence in Darfur and to improve our response to future genocides.

Samputu is joining forces with the Genocide Intervention Network, Physicians for Human Rights, and Students Taking Action Now: Darfur (STAND) to provide an evening of energetic and family-friendly music while making a difference in Darfur.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about Darfur, to write postcards demanding action in Darfur, and to become members of the world's first permanent anti-genocide constituency, which is starting right here in the Boston area, supported by the Genocide Intervention Network.

On April 19, The New York Society for Ethical Culture, in conjunction with Amnesty International and Human Rights First, is holding a panel, The Best Hope for Peace in Darfur. This discussion will feature New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown, President of the International Center for Transitional Justice and the United Nations Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide Juan Mendez, and Darfuri refugee Tragi Mustafa.

A concert to Stop the Violence in Darfur will be held at the Amnesty International USA Annual General Meeting in Portland, OR, on Saturday, April 29. Join with local and nationally renowned artists and performers at Portland, Oregon’s premiere music venue - the Roseland Theater. Take action at the concert to Stop the Violence in Darfur. Doors open at 8:00 PM. Admission is free for all 2006 Amnesty International USA Annual General Meeting participants. Performers include Incubus, Tom Morello (The Nightwatchman), Collective Soul, Suzanne Vega, March Fourth, and artists from Youth Movement Records.

The Save Darfur Coalition is holding a Rally to Stop Genocide in Washington, D.C. on April 30.

The rally is part of the "Million Voices for Darfur" campaign to generate one million postcards for delivery to President Bush, who recently pledged to push for additional UN and NATO help to protect the people of Darfur. We applaud the President's leadership, but the work is far from done. We are urging President Bush to take steps necessary to end the genocide and build a lasting peace.

The rally is also the final stop of the "Tour for Darfur: Eyewitness to Genocide," a 21,000 mile photo exhibit and speaking tour of 22 cities in 11 states to raise public awareness about the Darfur crisis. The tour's featured speaker is Brian Steidle, a former Marine captain and U.S. representative to the African Union's peacekeeping mission in Darfur from September 2004 to February 2005.

A Day of Conscience for Darfur Silent Vigil and Rally for Darfur will be held in San Francisco on the same day as the D.C. rally.

A broad-based coalition of Bay Area groups---including Human Rights Watch, American Jewish World Service, Dear Sudan, and Stanford STAND---are organizing a vigil at the Golden Gate Bridge and a rally at the Presidio in order to raise awareness about the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan. We want our public leaders to do more to help Darfur's over 2.5 million displaced victims.

For more events on Sudan, see the Save Darfur web site's listings.

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